12 October 2021 | View in Browser
Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Update for Residents and Families

Dear Resident Family Member,

RE: COVID-19 Update for Residents and Families - Calvary Haydon Retirement Community

Calvary is pleased to inform residents and families that at the time of writing, the number of current active cases remains ten (10) residents and four (4) members of staff. No new cases of COVID-19 have been identified at the facility since 2 October 2021.

We are pleased to inform you that following ACT Health’s lifting of the close contact status of the St Teresa household, St Teresa residents are from today permitted more freedom of movement in line with residents of St Patrick, St Margaret and St Francis households.

Unfortunately, due to either the active case or close contact status of residents of the Mary Potter household, these residents will need to remain being cared for in their rooms until individually cleared by ACT Health.

Once cleared, based on exit testing and the close monitoring for any symptoms, individual residents of the Mary Potter household will be permitted more freedom of movement within the confines of the household consistent with the other households of the facility.

The extension of freedoms of movement for residents of St Patrick, St Margaret, St Francis and St Teresa households, including for walks and communal dining, amongst other activities, remains limited to the confines of each resident’s single household of residence for their safety. For their safety, residents are not able to access any areas outside of their own household of residence at this time. Residents are also offered surgical facemasks to use if they choose when outside of their rooms.

When can visitors return?

In accordance with ACT Health directions, general visitation is not currently permitted. However, special exceptions have been granted for several visitors who have attended the site for visiting their loved ones at end of life. We continue to make these opportunities available wherever possible to families.

General visitation will not be permitted until 14 days after the last resident has been cleared by ACT Health and the outbreak is declared over.

We continue to work closely with ACT Health and will keep residents and families informed of the timing around this as it becomes clear.

Staying Connected - Window Visits and Video Calls

Window visits for residents and families of St Patrick, St Margaret, St Francis and St Teresa households are available. Initially, to accommodate demand and safety requirements, window visits are limited to 30 minutes. Our WebEx video call service remains available to all residents and families to assist connection with loved ones. Please call (02) 6264 7538 to make a booking for either a WebEx video call or a window visit.

We understand that for residents of Mary Potter household, the need to remain confined to their rooms is difficult. Our team of lifestyle staff and allied health practitioners, including physiotherapists and pastoral carers are on site to ensure the holistic care needs of all residents are met.

Our dedicated staff continue to work diligently to keep all residents safe from infection. Our staff are trained in strict infection prevention and control protocols and continue to provide all resident care while wearing the appropriate PPE at all times.

For more information, including regular Situation Updates and a suite of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, please continue to visit www.calvarycoronavirusupdates.org.au

We are pleased that no new cases have been identified in the past nine (9) days and thank residents and families for working with us so generously to ensure the safety of your loved ones in our care.


Martin Bowles, National CEO

Barb Reid, Regional CEO - ACT